Robotic vs. Manual Total Stations: A Q&A with Golden Construction

Robotic total stations and intelligent field layout software are gaining in popularity because of their benefits, but as with any new technology, the associated costs and learning curve seem intimidating at first. Golden Construction in Birmingham, Ala., recently invested in the Leica iCON robots with surprising results. We sat down with Golden Construction’s Steven Denney, a veteran field engineer , to talk about some of the benefits his firm has experienced since adopting the use of robotic total stations in the field.

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Video: Where BIM Is Taking Construction

Building information modeling (BIM) is having a substantial impact on the construction industry by improving accuracy and reducing risk. In this engaging panel discussion, we go behind the scenes with David Epps of Holder Construction, Russell Gibbs of Brasfield & Gorrie, and Chris Scanlon of DAVIS Construction to talk about some of the latest trends, including laser scanning, robotic total stations and multistations. Plus, Cathi Hayes of Leica Geosystems shares details about the latest innovation for data capture in building construction.

Leica Geosystems and Autodesk Collaborate to Transform Building Construction Industry

Leica Geosystems, Inc., the pioneer of measurement technologies, and Autodesk Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, have formed a collaboration to provide wider access to premier reality-capture and BIM-to-field layout solutions for professionals involved in laser scanning, building construction layout and related markets. The alliance creates new opportunities for professionals working with Autodesk software to leverage the high-accuracy data from Leica Geosystems’ sensors directly within popular Autodesk authoring tools. Multiple technology integrations are being explored as both companies look for ways to create synergies that will benefit their joint customers.

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How Sandra Wilkin Fosters BIM at Bradford Construction

Bradford Construction has been a forward-thinking business for over 25 years. In addition to maintaining a sharp focus on budget, safety and scheduling – and consulting with woman- and minority-owned businesses across the country – Bradford is also an early adopter of 3D laser scanning and building information modeling (BIM). “We wanted to integrate our systems so that we could improve the accuracy of our information,” said Sandra Wilkin, founder and president of the Bradford Companies. “That’s when we started looking at how we could leverage BIM processes.” Continue reading…

No More Waiting for Points: CECO Concrete Construction Saves Time and Money with Robotic Total Stations

CECO Concrete Construction has been in the concrete industry for over 100 years. Founded in 1912, the leading concrete subcontractor has 18 offices nationwide and has worked on all kinds of projects, from parking garages and high-rise hotels to hospitals and sports stadiums. Its most recent project is the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. With projects of this size and scope, time is money and the more control a subcontractor has over the total process and schedule, the better.  Continue reading…

How Mallory Collier Drives BIM at Brasfield & Gorrie

Mallory Collier, the lead virtual design coordinator for Brasfield & Gorrie’s Nashville operations, has a long history with building information modeling. Collier’s experience with BIM goes all the way back to college, where she was a member of the first BIM competition team at Auburn University. “I did my thesis on BIM,” said Collier. “We had to take a project through the process from inception to finish. The technology was still fairly new then, so I learned some in the classroom and the rest was self-taught in the field.” Continue reading…